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NTU EEE graduand (Class of 2018): Nicholas Tan Jit Yang

NTU EEE graduating student, Mr Nicholas Tan Jit Yang, is a valedictorian of our Class of 2018! Nicholas completed an undergraduate research stint overseas, and was actively involved in a student body which tinkers with robotics. These are just a couple of examples among his other commendable achievements. We find out more about this NTU EEE graduand’s experiences in the School!

 

What were some of your favourite activities in NTU EEE?
“I enjoyed working with others to solve challenges. An example of such initiatives can be seen from NTU MECAtron (Mechanical, Electrical, Computing, Aerospace). I discovered that the exploration of engineering concepts are usually restricted to professional academics. There are a lack of organisations that allow students to explore engineering concepts and research through other practical means such as competitions. I also believe that the pursuit of engineering should be interdisciplinary, for problems are rarely solved through only a particular field of engineering. The technical knowledge that I have gained from NTU EEE has certainly provided me with more insights to solve these challenges!”

What do you like about NTU EEE?
“I especially enjoyed the teaching and mentoring from some of the professors in NTU EEE, those who took their precious time out from their busy schedules to guide me in both academic and non-academic matters.”

What are some of your experiences as an NTU EEE student?
“I am grateful for the overseas opportunities while studying in NTU EEE. In the field of academia, I travelled to USA, Georgia Institute of Technology for a semester exchange. It was an eye-opening experience understanding a different culture and pedagogy in the local tutorial rooms. In fact, I even had the opportunity to take part in an undergraduate research stint with one of the professors there!

I also visited Hong Kong to present an academic paper. I’ve also travelled to Australia to represent NTU for the launch of an undergraduate research centre in Monash University Australia, the Centre for Undergraduate Research Initiatives and Excellence (CURIE). Besides academia, I also had the opportunity to improve the lives of others in Thailand, through one of NTU EEE’s Overseas Community Involvement Projects (OCIP) initiatives. While these opportunities have certainly expanded my engineering horizon, they have also provided me with understanding deeper the meaning for engineering: to better the lives of others.”

What are some of your achievements while being an NTU EEE undergraduate?
"During my journey in NTU EEE, I am honoured to have received the Dean’s List. On convocation day, I am also thankful to represent my cohort as the nominated and elected Valedictorian, as well as receive the Professional Engineers Board (PEB) Gold Medal as well as the EEE Excellence Award.

In terms of other academic achievements, I had a conference paper published last year (Lim, M. H., Tan, N. J. Y., Leong, Y. K. & Ho, L. Y. (2017, March). Complex Scenario Planning for Disaster Relief. In Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Metaheuristics & Swarm Intelligence (pp. 147-151). ACM), and am pending a journal paper publication through my Undergraduate Research with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (in International Studies). Additionally, I had previously earned a distinction for an Undergraduate Research in Georgia Institute of Technology during a semester exchange!

For technical achievements, I was in a team which took part in the ICRA 2018 DJI RoboMaster AI Challenge competition in May 2018, and which we finished 5th overall.

Also, I was part of a 3-student team for IDA’s Tech Saturday competition (2014). We won 3rd place in both the Drone Weightlifting Category and the Best Drone Category."

What are your plans after graduating?
“Probably to further my studies, as I have recently received and accepted a Letter of Offer from Cambridge University to study MPhil in Technology Policy. Hopefully all goes well!”

What do you have to say to current and future undergrads?
“I would like to share a famous quote, “No pain, no gain.””



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​​​Published on 20 July 2018​

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